Rihanna's not one to hold a grudge.

Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive stripped down and opened up to the magazine about how she's moved past ex-boyfriend Chris Brown brutally beating her in 2009.

"It's incredible to see how he pulled out of it the way he did. Even when the world seemed like it was against him, you know?" the 23-year-old told Esquire.

"I really like the music he's putting out. I'm a fan of his stuff. I've always been a fan," she added. "Obviously, I had some resentment toward him for a while, for obvious reasons. But I've put that behind me."

So how and why was the Barbados-born beauty able to move past her anger towards Brown, 22? "It was taking up too much of my time," she explained. "It was too much anger. I'm really excited to see the breakthrough he's had in his career. I would never wish anything horrible for him. Never. I never have."

In Feb. 2011 -- with Rihanna's permission -- an L.A. judge lifted the "S&M" singer's restraining order against Brown. Under the new conditions, the exes can have contact, provided that Brown doesn't harass, annoy or molest Rihanna.